By Geoffery Morrison Greenwald
Published May. 7, 2012

Somewhere between a simple setup disc and a full professional calibration is the Spyder from Datacolor.

Consisting of a small colorimeter you attach to your TV, some software, and a Blu-ray (or DVD) with test patterns, the package claims to let you “calibrate” (their word) your own TV.

I’ve wondered for years if these things work, and if so, how well. Are they accurate “enough” for the money?

Spyder, he is our hero

The Spyder4TV HD sensor itself is looks like something you’d see in a sci-fi movie, a tri-tip doodad that attaches to the front of your TV via elastic cabling. Calling it a “spider” is appropriate, with eight total bands stretching out from the sensor.

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